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Brock Boeser invited to NHLPA Rookie Showcase

The NHLPA Rookie Showcase kicks off next week, and the Canucks will be represented by 2015 1st round pick Brock Boeser

The showcase in collaboration with Upper Deck, who is the official NHL trading card partner is an event that has some of the best up and coming prospects don full uniforms for the first time. It also allows some media access to the players prior to them heading off to their various rookie tournaments and training camps.

Since Boeser was in the NCAA until near the end of last season, this will his first time attending the NHLPA rookie showcase. Previous years have seen the Canucks represented by Thatcher Demko (2016), Jake Virtanen and Ronalds Kenins (2015), Hunter Shinkaruk (2014) and Bo Horvat (2013).

There won’t be much to take away from the event, but it’s good to see that Boeser was included as some teams don’t have any representatives.

At the conclusion of the event, Boeser will likely head to Vancouver to prepare for prospect camp and the Young Stars tournament in Penticton.

The full list of invites to the NHLPA Rookie Showcase can be found below:

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  • Bud the Dud

    NEWSFLASH: Out of 20 picks Boeser is the ONLY Benning draftee on the Canucks roster, an absolute disgrace for a team four years into a management change relying on the draft to rebuild quickly.

    No wonder we are one of the worst teams in the NHL and alongside Joe Sakic, Jimbo is hailed as the leagues worst GM… fire this inept clown ffs.

    • Canucks Realist

      Yep, it’s heading into four seasons in now there are no more excuses. If you google ‘worst nhl gms’ Jim Benning is in the bottom two in practically all of the results.

    • Fortitude00

      but they were’t relying on the draft to turn around things they were relying on some quick trades. Besides it is Gillis’ picks that should be shaping our future the last few years. aka Horvat

      • Bud the Dud

        Every team in the league is relying on drafting to build or rebuild their team in the cap era idiot!

        As for Benning, let’s make it simple for the simpletons. If I am managing a business for my rich owner and i take on 20 (or 27) apprentices and after FOUR years of hiring them only ONE makes it to the shop floor for my company, I am not only a garbage manager i expect to lose my job for ineptitude, because I am sending my owner to the wall and there are no excuses whatsoever!

        • The Real Deal

          Hey Dud, you don’t need to communicate like an idiot!

          Your example proves that you don’t get the difference between businesses or sports. Every sports teams take time to develop players. Can you show me where in businesses where you can’t rely on what your taught and have to keep adapting to the new style, moves, plays etc… Even look at other teams like the Oilers. How many years did they struggle to get out of the basement and only did so by drafting McJesus. And they still don’t have anything in their player development pool. It takes four to five years to develop any sports players minimum unless you get lucky. Look at Detroit Redwings if you need more examples of how to do it well, how many years in the playoffs??? And how many years are most of their players in the AHL???

          I personally like what Benning has done the last few years. Everything he has done there has been a reason. If you want to remember the picks, remember what the team needed at that time. Why did he pick Ollie over Tkachuck, because Vancouver was really hurting for defence, still a good move. Btw where did tkachuck spend most of his time last year, oh yeah in the penalty box, hard for team to score when you’re short handed all the time. In a couple of years, let me know who is the better player.